This year, people are using idols made of clay and those installed in a plant pot, to make it environment-friendly.
In Gujarat, a 26-year-old social entrepreneur turned jewellery waste into Ganesh idols. The prices of the idols will range between ₹1800 and ₹12,000 a piece.
Two thousand students also prayed for the raging fires in the Amazon forest by forming a Ganesh idol with lamps.
The community worship dates back to freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak who kickstarted the festival in 1893. He intended to unite against the Britishers who were then ruling over India..
Several associations in Maharashtra have a budget of upto ₹5 million to celebrate the festival.
Mumbai alone will has 450 gigantic idols in public areas with a prescribed height limit of 18-feet. However, many pandals as the prayer areas are called, generally ignore the limits. The city also has 20,000 medium-sized idols.